I am trying to compose this blog with the assistance of a 10 month old puppy named Carli. She is a French Brittany Spaniel, kind of like a Cocker spaniel but with a long thin body. She is adorable, she is also co-dependent on me, her Mom. She hates me using my desktop computer because she can’t be right next to me. So she jumps up and hits the keyboard and gets my computer programs to do things I didn’t know they could do. She tries to get my attention, tries to get me to play with her, mainly to sit on the couch or bed with her. She just needs me near by.
I know she loves me, but sometimes it’s overpowering. I want to be a loving "parent" to her, but I need a life too. I need space, I need to get out and do my thing. As I was getting frustrated with her today, I realized that I treat God the same way. I want to have my own life, to take care of the things I think are important. I need space sometimes from even God. I know God loves me and wants me to spend time with Him. I know God has a great plan for my life, and that gives me comfort. I want to follow God’s plan, I want to be with Him. I know part of being a Christian means I need to do things for others, for the church. But, come on, I’m swamped by life!
Do others feel this way, especially teenagers? So much required at school, at home your parents expect you to keep your room clean, help around the house? Church and youth group? Friends, fun times are important too. Where can our time with God fit in? I realized that I can spend quality time with God by taking quick moments throughout my day to talk to God, listen, and just be with God. I can focus on God when I am outside by just noticing the beauty around me and having a short talk with God. It reduces my stress because I don’t feel that I need to set aside an hour a day for prayer, just small moments that can be so special to us and to God. And ironically, these short times with God make me feel peaceful, and make my day go more smoothly.
And what about Carli? She’s been very patient, so it’s her time NOW.
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